Regulation

Officials approve Angus Energy’s Saltfleetby pipeline

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Current facilities at Saltfleetby site B. Image: Angus Energy

Plans by Angus Energy to install a new pipeline from its Saltfleetby gas site in Lincolnshire have been approved.

The decision was made under delegated powers by county council planners on 7 August 2020.

The 750m pipeline will allow gas extracted and processed from the site near Mablethorpe to be transported to the National Grid gas transmission system.

The pipeline is needed because of the closure of the Theddlethorpe Gas Terminal, announced in 2018.

Angus Energy became the operator of the Saltfleetby gas field in January 2020. It received planning permission for a new gas processing facility in June 2020 to refine raw gas so that it could be transferred to the national transmission system.

Lincolnshire planners said the new pipeline would “minimise reliance on road transport and ensure the continued production and supply of gas from Saltfleetby Gas Fields”. They said:

“The continued operations at Saltfleetby would therefore not only maintain and ensure a continued supply of gas to the national network would also facilitate the continuation of local employment.”

There were no objections from East Lindsey District Council, the Environment Agency, Lincolnshire’s highways and flood authorities, National Grid or Natural England.

Theddlethorpe Parish Council initially had concerns about the site, road network, safety, landscape impact and the duration of the development. After responses from Angus Energy, it supported the plan, the planners aid.

Under conditions of the planning permission, Angus Energy must begin the pipeline within three years and give the county council seven days’ notice of the start of work.

The company must also prepare written plans for an archaeological investigation before work can begin on trenching the pipeline.

No clearance of plants or ground disturbance will be allowed between 1 March and 31 August unless an ecologist has confirmed there are no nesting birds.

There are also conditions on flood risk, noise and permitted hours.

Angus said it would announce a timetable this week for the pipeline installation work, due to begin in September.

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